Facts about Water:
Statistics of the Water Crisis

Why Water? ...the numbers (as of 8/12/2014)
Statistics on water and its effects.
  • 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa.2
  • 1 in 9 people world wide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.13
  • 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.4
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Citations

  1. AQUASTAT. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. "Water Use." http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/water_use/index.stm
  2. WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. "Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water 2010." Available at www.wssinfo.org/
  3. UNICEF. "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" Updated May 2010. http://www.unicef.org/media/media_45481.html
  4. United Nations Development Programme. "Human Development Report 2006: Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis." 2006. Available at http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2006/
  5. United Nations. Statement by Secretary General Koffi Annan. June 2003. http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/sgsm8707.doc.htm
  6. WHO/UNICEF. "Diarrhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done." 2009. available at http://www.unicef.org/health/index_51412.html.
  7. World Health Organization. "Costs and benefits of water and sanitation improvements at the global level." http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/wsh0404/en/
  8. United Nations Development Programme. "Human Development Report 2006: Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis." 2006. Available at http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2006/
  9. Jerry cans carry approx. 5 gallons of water so if a single gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds, 5 gallons are 41.5 pounds.
  10. United Nations Development Programme. "Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change." 2009. Available at http://www.undp.org/climatechange/library_gender.shtml
  11. UNICEF. "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" Updated May 2010. http://www.unicef.org/media/media_45481.html
  12. World Health Organization. Executive Summary of "Costs and benefits of water and sanitation improvements at the global level." www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/wsh0404summary/en/
  13. Based on 87% of the global population using imprtoved sources. Found in WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. "Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water 2010." Available at www.wssinfo.org/

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